Critic Consensus: 1BR's occasionally ordinary storytelling is more than outweighed by tight direction, interesting ideas, and an effective blend of horror and thoughtful drama.
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There's a light at the end of the tunnel for Sarah, and seeing her claw her way to it is often fun, albeit in a gasp-inducing sort of way.
Drawing on a fascination with cults and utopian communities, the director and co-writer, David Marmor, has created a mildly entertaining survival story whose depiction of psychological indoctrination far outstrips its generic dips into torture.
Real-life details culled from ex-members' accounts of life in groups like Scientology and NXIVM give the film an edgy ripped-from-the-headlines quality, as well as reinforcing the sheer L.A. of it all.
All of this boldness pays off-the film's third act might end at an expected place, but 1BR stands out with how it gets there, and the unique horror along the way.
The premise remains intriguing enough to make "1BR" a qualified success, albeit one whose ideas sometimes cry for a more adventuresome and assertive treatment.
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